Ekhomu advises Air Police to adopt forensic investigations
Renowned security expert, Ona Ekhomu, has urged the adoption of scientific approach in policing to curb rising crime and criminality, reduce fear and attract foreign investments into the country.
Ekhomu, according to a statement by his aide, Tope Adesuyi, said fingerprint evidence, DNA evidence or blood evidence can put a criminal at a murder scene and thus lead to his conviction, noting that in confession-led policing, the suspects recant their confessions when they are no longer under Police control.
Speaking at this year’s Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Provost Conference held in Abuja, Ekhomu stated that the Directorate of Air Provost must adopt innovative preventive strategies, detective strategies and order maintenance strategies in policing. He called for the setting up of a modern crime laboratory in the NAF that would carry out latent fingerprint comparisons, ballistics identification, toxicology tests, chemistry analysis and trace evidence analysis on crime scene evidence.
Ekhomu, who is president of the Association of Industrial Security and Safety Operators of Nigeria (AISSON), listed a forensic infrastructure that would support the new paradigm of scientific policing to include technology-based patrolling, recorded interviews and interrogation, acceptance by other Police agencies, the courts, politicians and the general public. Ekhomu said policing in Nigeria faces several challenges, including a large variety of aggressors, scarce financial resources for policing and lack of a credible criminal database; hence he called for the training and retraining of policing personnel and urged Police agencies in Nigeria to eschew silo mentality in order to increase cooperation and collaboration across agencies.
He advised air provost personnel to embrace professionalism.